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The Minority Education for Growth and Advancement and Skills and Youth (MEGA-SkY) Project

MEGA‐SkY’s focus is to create educational and skill building opportunities for marginalized children and youth especially within the Muslim community in India within the states of Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
— theme: Youth Employment, Youth Employment Policies and Programmes, Youth Enterprise, Skills for Youth, Entering the World of Work, Most vulnerable Youth
— country: South Asia, India, Asia

MEGA‐SkY’s focus is to create educational and skill building opportunities for marginalized children and youth especially within the Muslim community in India within the states of Bihar, Delhi, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Affiliation
NGO
Contact No.
(+91) 80 2244 9244
Address
Dr. Victor Paul, EDC Country Director,
Education Development Center, India,
# 42, 39th Cross, 8th Block,
Jayanagar, Bangalore 560011,
India
Email Address
vpaul@edc.org
Website
http://mega-sky.edc.org/

     1. Source of funding

USAID

     2. Mission and Objectives

MEGA‐SkY’s focus is to create educational and skill building opportunities for marginalized children and youth especially within the Muslim community.

     1. To facilitate access to quality educational opportunities among Muslim children and youth; 
     2. To establish linkages within the learning environment for the acquisition of livelihood and life skills;
     3. To incubate and replicate successful private sector vocational programs and
     4. To support Government of India employment and education policies that smartly align the skill sets of young people with employer opportunities.

     3. Areas of work relating to youth employment

Skills & Employability, Enterprise development, Social dialogue, Labour policy, School-to-work transition

     4. Partners and areas of partnerships

USAID, Education Development Center, Inc International Youth Federation

     5. Potential or existing partnership with the ILO

     6.  Successful youth employment interventions

     1. MEGA-SkY began its activities with a series of Rapid Needs Assessments (RNA) across four states.  Each RNA comprised four steps: – the first and fourth steps focused on consultation; the second and third steps on data collection, analysis and reporting. At the start of each RNA, MEGA-SkY identified the NGOs or state-level consultants best situated to examine sensitive, community-level issues. At the end of each RNA exercise, MEGA-SkY convened a ‘conference’ to disseminate its findings and to solicit inputs for the design of its interventions. As a result, MEGA-SkY was able to extend awareness about its efforts, amass state-level partners, establish block-level linkages and identify key individuals whose support and endorsement gave the project legitimacy – allowing it to rapidly solicit technical inputs, talent and information.

     2. MEGA-SkY is working in tandem with 11 state-level NGO partners for the implementation of a set of “proof-of-concept” activities – which range from community liaison efforts, to bridge courses/counseling services for out-of-school students, the provision of classroom based supplementary materials, and professional development activities for Madrasa Heads and Teachers.

     3. MEGA is working to increase access by Muslim children and marginalized youth to formal education, alternative non‐formal education and livelihood skill training programs;

     4. SkY is working to incubate and replicate successful vocational training and employment programs.

     5. SkY is working to partner with the private and government sectors to align education and training with skills sought after by employers.

     6. SkY is working to build the capacity of government stakeholders to devise and implement policy that supports appropriate workforce readiness training and employer participation.

     7. SkY is working to harvest best practices in skills training for disadvantaged youth through dialogue.


 

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